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Hudson River Maritime Museum

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Address: 50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401
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+1 845-338-0071
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Riverport Boat Building School at HRMM

​Riverport YouthBoat is designed to...

Riverport Boat Building School at HRMM

​Riverport YouthBoat is designed to empower youth, build character and foster teamwork through the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding and on-the-water activities. At the Riverport Wooden Boat School, students from diverse backgrounds work alongside skilled shipwrights and craftspeople. Through the boatbuilding process, students put STEM skills to work as they follow building plans, use specialized tools and materials, and solve problems.

Riverport YouthBoat is funded by private donors and foundations to ensure all high-school aged children (14-18) have an opportunity to participate. Students must provide their own transportation and must complete an application and interview process before being accepted

into the program.

HRMM Exhibits

2017: The Modeler's Craft: An Artisan's View of Hudson River Boats

Our new exhibit for 2017, "The Modeler's Craft" showcases boat models from the Hudson River Maritime Museum's collection, as well as exceptional models on loan from other organizations, including Friends of Historic Kingston and the Newburgh Historical Society. Featuring the West Gallery exhibit (above) and the "Charlie Niles Model Shop" in the rear of the East Gallery, this exhibit was made possible by generous support from Russell & Allynne Lange, Scenic Arts Studio, and The Estate of Charles Niles.

2017: Charlie Niles Model Shop

Charlie Niles was a longtime supporter of the museum and over the years he donated a number of his tiny models of Hudson River Boats. A retired jeweler and watchmaker, Charlie made models as a hobby. When he sadly passed away at the age of 93 in 2015, his family generously donated the remainder of his model collection as well as his work desk to the museum. We have now recreated his workshop in the "Charlie Niles Model Shop," which also features open storage of the many models in the museum's collection. This installation will become part of our permanent exhibit in the East Gallery.

White Oak, Shipwrights, and Varnish: Wooden Boat Building on the Hudson

This brand new exhibit is our 2016 feature in the new Riverport Wooden Boat School. Using a number of historical artifacts on rope making, lofting, sail sewing, historic tools, and more as well as numerous historical images, this exhibit chronicles the history of wooden boat building in the Hudson River Valley with emphasis on Rondout Creek.

Rowing on the Hudson

This new exhibit in the East Gallery focuses on the history of collegiate, high school, and recreational rowing on the Hudson River as well as information about modern teams, including Kingston High School's varsity crew.

Tugboats - Workhorses of

the Hudson River

Held over for another year by popular demand, this exhibit celebrates the workhorse of the Hudson River with a hands-on, interactive replica of a tugboat pilot house along with images and information about the important work tugboats did and still do on the Hudson. This exhibit is located in the West Gallery.

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Little Gem

We visited here after booking a nearby campground. I called in advance and the employee I spoke to was very helpful. They have a family rate of $20 which I thought was a good... read more

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We visited here after booking a nearby campground. I called in advance and the employee I spoke to was very helpful. They have a family rate of $20 which I thought was a good deal. We arrived on Thursday, May 18th. It's located in Kingston, NY but the area is very quaint and the museum is right on the Hudson... More 

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Reviewed 26 March 2017

I went to visit the museum to see their exhibit on Hudson River Lighthouses. They had a whole room designated for this and it was excellent. They had a wall mural, numerous lenses, a fantastic model of the old Rondout Light, and a video showing you what it is like inside that lighthouse. Also in the museum were great models... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This museum starts and ends in a very small gift shop. The museum is larger than it would appear and is self guided so lots of reading and videos to watch. Was enjoyable way to spend a few hours if you like history.

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Kingston, New York
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great place to stop into and visit while your visiting the waterfront in Kingston. Historical city to see.

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Kingston, New York
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

What an impressive surprise. The museum is quite extensive with some excellent, well-curated exhibits. We explored for 2-3 hours. Right in the Rondout area with great restaurants, galleries, and a pretty walkway along the creek.

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Kingston, New York
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The displays are always well done and things for the children to see and do. Once you've toured the museum and walked the waterfront there, you can hop on the trolley that stops at the museum and take an interesting ride out to Kingston Point Park via the railway.

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Reviewed 21 January 2017

First stop on our exploration of the Hudson River Valley, this small museum exceeded our expectations. An interesting and important review of how important the River was to many industries and many livelihoods. Uses all kinds of media, including boats, to tell the story.

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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Nice museum with interesting artifacts. Great way to spend some time while in the hudsom valley. Definitely recommended

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

A lot to offer this small museum on the Hudson. Vintage photos of river life, tugs and steamboats pulling barges of coal from the mines of Pennsylvania, via the D & H canal, to supply NY City and Albany. A time line of development along the Hudson is interesting along with all the lighthouses on the river. There are boat... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We visited on a rainy day. Good decision. The museum tells the story of transportation on the Hudson River from the perspective of the people who worked the river. Lots of memorabilia, photos, ship models, and other artifacts from the tugboat operators and lighthouse keepers. A fun and interesting way to spend two hours. Check the website for special events... More 

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